5 Fabulous Ways to Use Granola
I’m a yogi bear aka granola junkie.
As a kid I truly underestimated this oat clustered goodness, I thought it was something old people ate. In my young eight year old mind it was the raisin brand of cereal.
Man was I wrong. I’m telling you I had no idea what I was missing. I thought Trix was where it was at. I’m sure lots of kids feel that way. Dude Lucky Charms. That was also a favorite of mine. Don’t get me wrong. Still a huge fan.
Finally I got my crap together and realized that granola was the real deal and man is it good. I know it can have a bad rap, people say its hippy food, they say it isn’t healthy, or they think what I thought, that it was boring. If you are one of those I’m not sure, its just breakfast thing, I don’t eat yogurt so why would I get any. I’m of a cereal dude. Then you need to double check your granola facts, it is way more than just a topping for yogurt or a substitute for cereal.
Granola is one of those lucky guest that can go in the savory or sweet department.
I give to you the fabulous 5 ways I love to use granola, other than as a cereal or smoothie topping, which just shows you why granola rocks so much.
Not only am I going to give you awesome fabulous ways to use your granola, I am also going to give you a few of my favorite brands, that I personally love. Love with a capital L. Or if you are feeling adventures, go whip up your own.
Do not think granola as hippy food, granola now a days is full healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds and dried fruit but also very, very tasty.
Need a quick dessert to impress some friends and don’t have much time to whip it up, if you have some apples in your fridge, granola in the pantry you have an amazingly delicious and quick baked apple.
Angela from Oh She Glows has an awesome recipe featuring a homemade granola, if your feeling lazy just sub in any of your favorite store bought granola or take a look at my favorites. Keeping it real with wholesome ingredients, this is a recipe everyone will love. Get the recipe here for Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal.
Use Granola as A Topping for Roasted Veggies
Wow your guest or anyone for that matter by topping your roasted root veggies or veggies in general with some crunchy granola clusters. I’m telling you, they won’t know what hit them.
Sommer from A Spicy Perspective has created a gorgeous dish of roasted root vegetables and arugula then topping it with a pumpkin seed almond granola. If your short on time make this amazing salad with store bought granola. Find her recipe for Roasted Root Vegetable Salad here.
Exchange for Croutons
This is the latest chefs trick, adding granola into different salads instead of croutons.
Check out my Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Granola here.
Make a Crisp or Tart with Granola Topping.
This is seriously the best thing ever. Making fruit crisp with already made granola makes your life so much easier.
Rachel from Bakerita has this awesome blueberry crisp type tart in where the granola is actually used in the crust. Digging the fact that it’s vegan and gluten free. You can find the recipe for Blueberry Crisp Tart with Oatmeal Crust here.
Mix your favorite store bought granola or homemade into your cookie dough recipe for a truly wonderful yogi bear experience. I love doing this with chocolate chip, peanut butter and oatmeal raisin. I actually will be putting up a Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Cookie recipe soon and it makes an amazing base. You can do this with any cookie dough to be honest.
My Favorite Granola Brands
As much as I love to cook sometimes good quality store bought granolas have it going on, as a smoothie bowl topping, something to throw on top of my kale salads or a healthy snack to munch on. These are some of my favorite brands that stick with my food philosophy.
Jessica’s Natural Foods
Gluten free, non-GMO and with awesome flavors like, chocolate chip, chocolate hazelnut and my favorite vanilla maple.
Organic, dairy and soy free, these chia filled granola clusters have 10 grams of protein in each serving. Try my favorite vanilla almond.
Gluten free, diary free and full of ancient grains and refined sugar free, try one of their unique four flavors, my personal addiction, blueberry hemp.
Gluten free, non-GMO, vegan and protein packed, check out 5 of their amazing flavors, like my current favorite apple walnut delight.
What are you favorite granola brands? What ways do you like to enjoy your granola? Are you more of a savory granola muncher or a sweet one? Do you keep things simple and just snack on it or are you adventures and like to recreate a recipe with granola. Share your thoughts! I love to hear them.